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Biosecurity News

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Coastal clean-up

Pirinoa School students and community volunteers got stuck into cleaning up Whangaimoana Beach last week, filling 27 sacks with rubbish from the shoreline and dunes.

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Rat control programme to protect native birds

Recent rat baiting operations in Wainuiomata should help native birds survive an extraordinary ‘mast year’ in which heavy fruiting of native trees has led to an explosion in predator numbers.

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Nettle me this! Know your regional pests

Although nettle can make a nice tea on occasion, the perennial nettle (Urtica diocia) that our pest plants team deal with can form dense patches that compete with other native species for space and light.

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Bring a pest to school day: Biosecurity talks traps with enthusiastic students

Scrambling up inclines filling bait stations, setting traps in bush reserves and planning our tactical response to pests are all in a day’s work for our biosecurity team.

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